Camp Impressions

A rising junior made one of the biggest splashes on the West Virginia basketball camp scene recently.

Tobias Harris, who will enter his junior season at the tongue-twisting Half Hollows Hills West High School (Dix Hills, Long Island, N.Y.) this fall, has been on an extended summer trip to showcase his skills and check out schools of interest. His recent stop at West Virginia for a one-day camp revealed a player that already has an excellent grasp of post play.

During individual and one-on-one drills, Harris showed great versatility on the block and in the lane. He caught the ball well and shot with either hand from close range. When shown new moves and combinations, he picked them up quickly, and was very smooth in putting two or three moves together in order to get to the basket. He showed the ability to pivot, drop step and step back off either foot, and exploded to the basket for several powerful dunks.

Harris was just as impressive away from the basket. He showed good range, unleashing feathery jumpers out to the 17-foot range. He releases the ball high on his shot, which gives him a clear release point, and also demonstrated good footwork as he squared himself up for shots after setting picks -- the "pick and pop" that is a staple of many collegiate offenses.

His proficiency in the post is even more surprising given the fact that he plays a guard/swing position at HHHW. Melding those skills together, Harris could be one of the top players in the country by the time his senior year rolls around.

As good as he was, Harris could be better still as he continues to grow. He has a wide frame with big shoulders, and it's easy to see him in the 6-10, 240-pound range by the time he hits college.

Harris already has numerous offers, with West Virgina, Marquette, Connecticut, St. John's and Louisville from the Big East joining some 15 other schools in making official bids. Just about every other Big East school is also interested the talented rising junior, who is in the process of visiting at least 15 schools this summer.

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